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Monday with Suzy Klein - Flea circuses, Khachaturian's Waltz from Masquerade

Suzy Klein with the best in classical music, plus this week's guest, comedy actor and musician Graham Fellows.

Suzy Klein with Essential Classics - the best in classical music, which today includes Beethoven's Octet, Mendelssohn's "Calm Sean and Prosperous Voyage" and the month of September as imagined by Tchaikovsky and Fanny Mendelssohn.

0930 Your ideas for companion pieces on the Essential Classics playlist. What would make a companion piece to Khachaturian's brooding waltz from his "Masquerade" suite?

1010 Time Traveller - A quirky slice of cultural history. Kate Romano takes a magnifying glass to the history of flea circuses.

1050 This week Suzy’s guest is the comedy actor and musician Graham Fellows, aka John Shuttleworth and “Jilted John”. He talks about some of the things that have inspired him throughout his life and career. Today he talks about a favourite book - Knut Hamsen’s "Hunger"

1130 Slow Moment - time to take a break for a moment's contemplation. Today a slow movement by Scriabin.

3 hours

Music and featured items

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse-Scherzo, Op.34

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Pentatone.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite in C minor for lute, BWV 997: Prelude

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg.
    • JS Bach: Lute Music.
    • Bis.
    • 13.
  • George Enescu

    Impromptu in A-Flat Major

    Performer: Josu De Solaun.
    • Enescu: Complete Works for Solo Piano.
    • Grand Piano.
    • 801.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sonata à 5 in B flat major, HWV 288

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Masquerade Suite (Waltz)

    Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
    • Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite, The Comedians: Kondrashin.
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Romance for strings, Op 11

    Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Exsultate, jubilate, K 165

    Singer: Danielle de Niese. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • DECCA.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Masquerade Suite (Waltz)

    Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
    • Khachaturian: Masquerade Suite, The Comedians: Kondrashin.
    • RCA.
    • 1.
  • Robert Schumann

    Violin Sonata No. 1 in A Minor, Op. 105 (Arr. for Viola & Piano): I. Mit leidens

    Performer: Mate Szucs. Performer: Michèle Gurdal. Ensemble: Berlin Chamber Duo.
    • Schumann & Franck: Violin Sonatas (Arr. for Viola & Piano).
    • haenssler CLASSIC.
    • 101.
  • Claude Debussy

    Danse bohèmienne for piano

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Debussy, Preludes etc.: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 15.
  • Time Traveller: Flea Circuses by Kate Romano

    Duration: 02:31

  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Song of the Flea

    Singer: John Tomlinson. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: David Parry.
    • Great Operatic Arias.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Waltz No 2 (Suite for Variety Orchestra)

    Orchestra: Russian State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky.
    • NAXOS.
  • Richard Rodgers

    Carousel Waltz (Carousel)

    Orchestra: The New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • American Light Music Classics.
    • Hyperion.
    • 22.
  • Fanny Hensel

    September (The Year)

    Performer: Lauma Skride.
    • SONY.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    September 'The Hunt' (The Seasons)

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Hyperion.
  • Cultural Inspirations: Graham Fellows on "Hunger" by Knut Hamsun

    Duration: 03:46

  • Edvard Grieg

    Norwegian Dance, Op 35 No 3

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Petri Sakari.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-9028.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 3.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Wind Octet in E flat major, Op 103

    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Performer: Reiner Wehle. Performer: Diethelm Jonas. Performer: Albrecht Mayer. Performer: Dag Jensen. Performer: Georg Klütsch. Performer: Klaus Lohrer. Performer: Bruno Schneider. Performer: Niklaus Frisch. Ensemble: Bläserensemble Sabine Meyer.
    • Beethoven: Octet etc.: Sabine Meyer Wind Ensemble.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die Musik, D 547

    Music Arranger: Max Reger. Singer: Thomas Quasthoff. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Schubert: Lieder with Orchestra: Von Otter, Quasthoff, Abbado.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 18.
  • Gustav Holst

    Walt Whitman Overture, Op 7

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Holst: Cotswolds Symphony.
    • Naxos.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Piano Concerto, Op 20 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Kirill Gerstein. Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • Lawo.
  • Henry Purcell

    Oedipus, King of Thebes, Z. 583/2: "Music for a while"

    Music Arranger: Christina Pluhar. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Orchestra: L’Arpeggiata. Conductor: Christina Pluhar.
    • Music for a While - Improvisations on Purcell.
    • Erato/Warner Classics.
    • 102.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Crabapple and Sloewine (Much Ado about Nothing Suite)

    Conductor: André Previn. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Korngold: Orchestral Works: London Symphony Orchestra/Previn.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet No 3 in C minor, Op 60 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Trio Wanderer.


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